Prof. A. M. Khusro, Chairman, Finance
Commission, New Delhi
Besides heading the 11th Finance Commission, he is the chairman of the Aga Khan
Foundation, president of the Federation of Indo-German Societies and chairman
of the Institute of Economic Growth.
He has served the Planning Commission as a member and was also a consulting
editor of the Financial Express and director of the Indian Express
He was a member of the economic advisory council of the prime minister in the
mid-eighties and had also served as the ambassador of India in Bonn.
Dr. Khusro was the vice chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University from 1974-79
and later became its chancellor. He has also served as the director of the
Reserve Bank of India.
Dr. Khusro played a commendable| role as a member of the Indian delegation of
UNCTAD II in 1968 and represented the prime minister of India at the Conference
of Club Rome at Mexico in 1978.
He was also the chairman of the expert group on the future of the international
monetary and financial system, set up by the chairperson of the Non-Aligned
Movement, Indira Gandhi, in 1984
Prof. Yoginder Alagh, former Vice Chancellor,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Member, Planning Commission, New Delhi
Born on 14 February 1939, Dr. Alagh holds a doctorate in Economics from the
University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, USA.
From 1996 to 1998, he was Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning
and Programme Implementation and Science and Technology and Power, Government
of India, and until later Member of the Rajya Sabha. From 1992 to 1996, he was
Vice-Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Dr. Alagh served as Special Adviser to the UN Conference on Environment and
Development and member of the symposium held in Hague. He was a Senior Fellow
at the UNU World Institute for Development of Economics Research, a research
and training centre of the UNU located in Helsinki, Finland, from 1990 to 1992.
He is Chairman of the Scientific Steering Committee of UNESCO's International
Social Science Programme (MOST). He was distinguished Fullbright Lecturer in
the USA in 1994, Visiting Professor at the prestigious Institut d'Etudes
Politiques of Paris in 1995, and is currently also President of the Indian
Society of Labour Economics, Institute of Human Development.
Dr. Alagh has published extensively in India and abroad in journals, books and
well-known collection of papers. He is the recipient of the VKRV Rao Award for
1981 for outstanding research in economics by the Indian Council of Social
Mr. R. Gopalkrishnan, Executive Director,
Tata Sons Limited, Mumbai
Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan is executive director of Tata Sons, chairman of Rallis
India and vice-chairman of Tata Chemicals. He is a director of several Tata
Group companies such as Tata Motors, Tata Power and Tata Internet Services. He
also serves on the board of two non-Tata companies, ICI and Castrol India.
Mr Gopalakrishnan joined Hindustan Lever (HLL) as a management trainee in 1967.
In 1987, he joined HLL's management committee as executive director of exports.
In 1991, he was appointed Chairman of Unilever Arabia, based in Jeddah, to
establish and manage Unilever's consumer products business in Arab countries.
On his return to India in 1995, he was appointed managing director of Brooke
Bond Lipton. After the company's merger with HLL, he was designated vice
Chairman of Hindustan Lever. After 31 years with HLL, Mr Gopalakrishnan joined
Tata Sons in August, 1998.
A graduate in physics from Calcutta University, Mr Gopalakrishnan also has a
degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Mrs Ela R. Bhatt, Padmabhusan, Ramon Magsaysay
Award Recipient and Eminent Social Worker, Ahmedabad.
For IIT candidates
Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, Director General, CSIR
and Secretary, Government of India, Department of Scientific and Industrial
Dr. R.A. Mashelkar is the Director General of Council of Scientific and
Industrial Research (CSIR), the largest chain of publicly funded industrial
research and development institutions in the world, with thirty-eight
laboratories and about 22,000 employees.
He is also the President of Indian National Science Academy (INSA). He is the
third Indian engineer to have been elected as Fellow of Royal Society (FRS),
London in the twentieth century. He was elected Foreign Fellow of US National
Academy of Science (2005), being only the eighth Indian to have been elected
after 1863. He was also elected Foreign Fellow of US National Academy of
Engineering (2003), Fellow of Third World Academy of Engineering, U.K. (1996),
and Fellow of World Academy of Art & Science, USA (2000). Twenty
universities have honoured him with honorary doctorates, which include the
Universities of London, Salford, Pretoria, Wisconsin, and Delhi.
The President of India honoured Dr. Mashelkar with Padmashri (1991) and with
Padmabhushan (2000) two of the highest civilian honours in recognition of his
contribution to nation building.
Dr. J. P. Mittal, Director - Chemistry and
Isotope Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
Dr J.P. Mittal is the Director, Chemistry and Isotope Group of the Bhabha
Atomic Reseach Centre. He is responsible for developing BARC's chemistry lab
and has also been awarded the Indian National Science Academy's Golden Jubilee
Commemoration medal for chemical sciences for the year 2001, BARC sources said
here on Monday.
He was also elected as fellow of the prestigious Third World Academy of
Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy, in recognition of his outstanding contribution
to science and its development in the third world.
He was also selected for the celebrated Goyal Foundation Award in Chemistry for
2000. Dr. Mittal has more than 200 research publications to his credit.
Mr. S. M. Datta, former Chairman, Hindustan
Mr. S.M. Datta, graduated with Honours in Chemistry and holds a post graduate
degree in Science and Technology. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow,
Institution of Engineers, Fellow, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers,
Member, Society of Chemical Industry (London) and Honorary Fellow of All India
He was the Chairman of Hindustan Lever Ltd. (HLL) as well as of all Unilever
Group Companies in India and Nepal from 1990 to 1996.
He joined the EID Parry's Board in April 1996 and took over as Chairman with
effect from 19th January, 2004.
Dr. P. K. Iyengar, former Chairman, Atomic
Energy Commission, Mumbai
Dr P. K. Iyengar has been associated for over four decades with the Indian
Department of Atomic Energy. Dr. Iyengar took over as Director of the Bhabha
Atomic Research Centre in 1984 and was appointed Chairman of the Indian Atomic
Energy Commission in 1990.
In his long career Dr. P.K.Iyengar has been the recipient of many awards and
honours, including the S. S. Bhatnagar Award and the Padma Bhushan.